MLB Playoff Schedule 2016: Dates and TV Info Released

With the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season quickly approaching its conclusion, the full playoff schedule was officially released Tuesday.   As seen in this tweet, courtesy of MLB Communications, the AL and NL Wild Card Games will take place on Oct. 4 and 5, respectively, and the World Series will begin on Oct. 25: TBS will be the exclusive television carrier of AL postseason games, while the NL will be split between ESPN, FS1 and MLB Network before Fox takes over for the World Series. More to follow.Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Adrian Gonzalez Becomes 3rd Dodger to Hit 3 Home Runs in a Game Multiple Times

Fact: Adrian Gonzalez hit three home runs on Monday, joining Duke Snider and Shawn Green as the only players in Dodgers history to have multiple games with at least three home runs*. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. *Data goes back to 1913 Source: B/R InsightsRead more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Kyle Hendricks Has Quietly Become Best Pitcher on MLB’s Best Team

Kyle Hendricks is like the frosting on a birthday cake. Peanut butter on toast. Hot fudge on a sundae. The Chicago Cub is the best starting pitcher on MLB's top team, which stood 78-45 through Sunday's action. Though the right-hander boasts an MLB-best 2.16 ERA, the Cubs would likely still be firmly in playoff position without him. Chicago is loaded with position players who were heralded as the organization's future when they were climbing the minor league ranks a few years ago. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell are just a few of those players who received more fanfare than Hendricks to start the season. The California native is also overshadowed by brand-name pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey, who have World Series rings, and Jake Arrieta, who is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. No one ever tells you how much they love the hot ...


2016 MLB Awards Race: Odds Updates with 6 Weeks to Go

Let's get this out of the way: Yes, there are only six weeks left in the 2016 MLB season. Kind of snuck up on you, didn't it? That means, among other things, we can get serious about the various awards races. A lot will be decided in the final month-and-a-half. Hot streaks, cold spells and injuries will inevitably shift the picture. And some races—like the American League Cy Young Award—are impossibly wide open. That said, based on stats and performance entering play Tuesday, let's parse the odds for each major piece of hardware—meaning Comeback Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and each league's Cy Young and MVP awards.  We're looking at stats, obviously. But we'll also consider past voting trends, team performance (which matters, fair or not) and a dash of old-fashioned gut feeling. Clear some room in your trophy case and proceed when ready.Begin Slideshow


Gary Sanchez Sets Yankees Franchise Record with 8 Home Runs in 1st 19 Games

The New York Yankees lost Monday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, 7-5, but not before rookie catcher Gary Sanchez made history. Sanchez drilled a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to give him eight for the season. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com, Sanchez’s eight homers in his first 19 games have made him “the first player in the franchise’s history to hit so many long balls so quickly.” The Yankees newcomer has tasted success early in his big league career. Earlier Monday, the 23-year-old was named the American League Player of the Week, “becoming the first Yankees catcher to win the honor since Thurman Munson in 1976,” per Marchand. In addition to serving as the everyday catcher for one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, he’s been hitting third in New York’s lineup. Sanchez isn’t just hitting for power, either. His batting ...


Red-Hot Adrian Gonzalez Adds Another Weapon to Dangerous Dodgers Offense

Even with Adrian Gonzalez's awesomeness meter at less than 100 percent for most of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't had much trouble hitting in 2016. Just imagine what they can do now that his meter is far past 100 percent. There was a hint of what it could be like Monday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The Dodgers opened a proverbial can of whoop-ass on the Cincinnati Reds, beating them 18-9 to split a four-game series. Gonzalez was responsible for eight of those runs, seven of which came on a trio of home runs. Here, gaze upon said dingers with glee: This is the second time Gonzalez, 34, has clubbed three homers in a game. The other time he did it was April 8, 2015, which seemed to signal his seemingly long-lost power was ready for a comeback. Sure enough, he hit 28 homers last year—the most since he clubbed 31 ...


MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds, Analysis

The Los Angeles Dodgers (69-55) maintained their spot atop the National League West division standings Monday with an 18-9 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds. On Tuesday, the Dodgers will open a key three-game home series with the San Francisco Giants (68-56) and go for their third straight win, as the division lead will be on the line and both teams are listed at -110 (bet $110 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. The Giants will be going for their third consecutive victory in the series after winning the last two games between the teams at home in the middle of June. They are 6-4 in 10 meetings so far this season and will be looking to snap a two-game skid overall with ace Madison Bumgarner (12-7, 2.25 ERA) on the mound. Bumgarner has won two in a row following a stretch in which he went five starts without a win, ...


Billy Butler Injury: Updates on Athletics DH’s Concussion and Return

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion Monday in the aftermath of an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team announced it would call up Arismendy Alcantara in the corresponding move. Continue for updates. Butler and Valencia Fined but Not Suspended Monday, Aug. 22 In addition to reporting the two players were fined rather than suspended, Shea noted the Athletics training staff told general manager David Forst that Butler “would need five to seven days,” which prompted the decision to put him on the seven-day concussion DL. “Forst said he’s not concerned, that this is not the first clubhouse fight ever," Shea added. "He said it’s [the] first [the] A’s had this year.” According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Butler and Valencia had a “physical confrontation” before batting practice Friday. Slusser reported players had to break up the ensuing fight, ...


Josh Reddick Removed from Dodgers Lineup After Injuring Finger on Hotel Door

There are a number of ways a baseball player might injure a finger. Ordering room service at a hotel isn't traditionally one of them. But that was the case for Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Josh Reddick, who hurt a finger while holding his door open for a room-service cart, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. Reddick was scratched from the starting lineup Monday because of discomfort he experienced while throwing a ball. Reddick pinch hit in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, however, so it appears as though his injury won't keep him out of the starting lineup for long. That's good news for the Dodgers, who held a one-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West following Monday's 18-9 win. The Dodgers and Giants open a three-game series Tuesday in Los Angeles. Reddick, 29, is hitting just .149 with one double in ...


Billy Butler, Danny Valencia Fined by Athletics After Physical Altercation

Oakland Athletics teammates Billy Butler and Danny Valencia got into a fight Friday, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. As a result, Butler was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, and both players were fined, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.  According to Slusser, Valencia took exception to Butler speaking to a representative from a sporting equipment company after the representative had asked Valencia whether he was wearing cleats from another brand. Slusser detailed what apparently irked Valencia: Valencia told the representative that he only uses the non-issue spikes during pregame workouts. According to multiple sources, Butler, who has an equipment endorsement with a different company, jumped in to tell the equipment rep that Valencia was lying and regularly uses the non-standard spikes. Butler allegedly told the representative that the company should drop Valencia's endorsement deal. [...] After the rep departed, the players said, Valencia confronted Butler and told him, ...


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